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New package containing binaries with same name as some from the packages cons, pscan and hsffig.

Dear Hwei, Uwe and John,

I did not manage to contact you in private (see below), therefore by
policy 10.1 I have to move the discussion on debian-devel (copy sent to
debian-med). We (the members of the pkg-emboss project on Alioth) have
uploaded a new package in the experimental section of Debian, emboss,
which provides binary program with similar names as your packages.

I would like to discuss what is the best solution to this problem for
our users. We have already explored a few possible directions on the
debian-med mailing list:

(The thread is split on two months)

Basically, the plan would be to provide the binaries under their
original names in /usr/lib, and symlinks in /usr/bin. With such a setup,
a user can set his PATH in order to have access to the original names of
the binary programs.

However, if I do not get answers, I will suppose that nobody cares about
the packages cons, pscan and/or hsffig anymore, and will request their
removal rather than complicating the things for the users of EMBOSS.

Have a nice day,

-- Charles Plessy, Wako, Saitama, Japan

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Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 18:53:45 +0900
From: Charles Plessy <charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org>
To: Hwei Sheng Teoh <hsteoh@debian.org>, Uwe Hermann <uwe@debian.org>,
	John Goerzen <jgoerzen@complete.org>
Cc: debian-med@lists.debian.org
Subject: New pacakge containing binaries with same name as some from the packages cons, pscan and hsffig.
Reply-To: charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org
User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

Dear Hwei, Uwe and John,

We have uploaded a package to experimental, "emboss", and it contains
binaries whose name are already "taken" by your packages: cons, pscan
and splitter.


Emboss is a suite of many command line programs, it has web interfaces
and people use the program names in scripts. I am therefore quite
reluctant to rename the Emboss binaries, as I think that people will
just not use the package if I do this.

I would like to have your opinion on what to do. The most
straightforward would be to swich the priorities of our packages to
extra and conflict on each other, but I do not know how to interpret the
policy... it this solution acceptable ?

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian EMBOSS Packaging Team
Wako, Saitama, Japan

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